AFL champion Gary Ablett Jnr’s sister Natasha has died.
Alisha Ablett paid tribute to her sibling in a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday, saying growing up with Natasha and their brothers Gary and Nathan was the “Worlds best gift”.
“Natasha – you were the strongest women Iv ever known with an absolute heart of gold! 1982-2017,” she wrote.
Natasha, aged in her mid-30s and the daughter of former Geelong star Gary Ablett Snr, had been receiving treatment in Geelong and is believed to have died in non-suspicious circumstances.
Barwon Health issued a statement on Friday evening.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time, and we are meeting with them to provide whatever supports they require,” it reads.
“We have commissioned an external review to determine the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.”
Ablett Jnr has made a public push to be traded to back to Geelong from the Gold Coast.
“I need to be around my family back home, who I have spent the last 7 years doing long distance with,” he recently wrote on his website.
“My sisters, my brother, and parents all play a huge role in my life, and it’s time that I make myself more available to them and others back home.”